DIY Platform Bed Plans

2017-10-25T23:02:09+00:00February 4th, 2015|Bedroom, Beds, Furniture, Plans, Popular|133 Comments

It’s been almost three years exactly since I originally built my DIY platform bed, and it’s become VERY popular. Almost as popular as you! No, you’re right. It’s not that popular. Anyway, I figured I would update the build with what I’ve learned over the years while also providing images based on my own SketchUp plans. I hope the extra material clears up some of the FAQ and helps to streamline your build. Please feel free to comment and I’ll do my best to help you with any questions you have throughout your build!

You can go here for the original post from 2012. But be sure to come back here because these updated DIY platform bed plans are better.

color_clockTime Required:
Under $100
blue_cartPurchase List:

4- 2 x 6 x 8′ Pine Studs (main frame)
3- 2 x 4 x 8′ Pine Stud (left, center & right supports)
20- 1 x 3 x 8′ Pine Boards (slats)
3- 1 x 3 x 8′ Pine Boards (top trim)
1- 1 x 2 x 8′ Pine Board (back trim optional since it’s not visible)
1- 4 x 4 x 8′ Douglas Fir (legs)
2-1/2″ Kreg Screws
Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain (Dark Walnut)
Minwax Polycrylic Satin Polyurethane

*Be sure not to get the outdoor treated wood. The chemically treated stuff has a green hue to it.

blue_scissorsMaterial Cut List:

Main frame – Cut your front and back 2×6’s to 78″ and your sides to 79″
Supports: Left, right and center – Cut the center and side 2×4’s to 79″
Slats – The slats are cut to 75″. There are 20 slats total.
Top trim – Cut the front 1×3 and back 1×2 to 75″. Cut the side 1×3’s to 83″
Legs – Cut (6) 4×4 legs to 4″

All of this will be detailed and pictured below…so read on bed builder!

• Keep in mind this is for a king size mattress.
• Not every king size mattress is the same! Double check your dimensions to make sure they’ll work with this build! I have a Serta memory foam mattress.
• I included a FAQ section at the bottom of the post. Please read through this and any of the comments before asking a question!

The main frame is made with (4) 2×6’s. Inside is (1) center and (2) side support 2×4’s. These 2×4 supports hold the (20) slats, which will replace your box spring. For the legs I picked a 4×4, which I’ll be cutting down into (6) legs. It’s likely the strongest bed you’ll ever encounter. Like one of those dude’s who’s been weightlifting since he was twelve.

We’ve had ZERO problems over the past three years with it. Keep in mind this is the third house we’ve been in with the bed so it’s been moved and maneuvered over and over and over again.


Cut your front and back 2×6’s to 78″ and your sides to 79″.

Cut the (3) support 2×4’s to 79″.

Set your Kreg Jig to the proper drill guide material thickness and depth collar thickness. Familiarize yourself with the Kreg quick start guide because we’ll be using it all day. The proper setting for 2×6’s and 2×4’s is 1-1/2″. Glue and screw your frame together using 2-1/2″ pocket screws.

After joining the frame we’re going to attach the 2×4 supports. These supports are set down 1-1/4″ from the top of the frame. Mark out 1-1/4″ down so that we can use that as a guide in the next few steps.

Once your Kreg Jig is set, drill holes 2″ from each end of the 2×4. From there drill a hole every 7″. You may have +/- 7″ between the last hole and the far end. It doesn’t really matter, we just want enough screws to support the weight of the slats and mattress…and you…and a friend. Perhaps even a dog.

Flip your frame over and set your 2×4 in line with your 1-1/4″ mark. Glue the inside end of the 2×4 (that will be pressed up against the frame)…

Clamp the 2×4 to the frame and get to screwing!

Measure the halfway point between the two side frames and attach your center 2×4″ support. (2) screws on top, flip it over and (1) screw underneath in the center.

Now is a great time to get those legs cut, don’t you think? Cut (6) 4″ legs from your 4×4 stock.

Attach the two center support legs 16-1/4″ off of the frame to the center-line of the legs. Notice the pre-drilled hole for the third screw to attach the center 2×4 to the frame (far left of the image). We literally JUST talked about this! Get your head in the game!

Pre-drill and use 2-1/2″ wood screws to secure the center legs. You glued right? Always glue when you screw! C’mon BRO!

I can’t believe our frame has legs! We make such a great team you and I. We could build anything if I set my mind to making more plans! You and me forever? Yeah!

Cut the front 1×3 and back 1×2 to 75″. Cut the side 1×3’s to 83″. Attach the trim with 1″ brad nails or use a finish nail gun. If doing it manually, pre-drill pilot holes for the nails with a small bit before nailing and they’ll go in like 100% organic grass-fed butter!

Get out your super loveable Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain (Dark Walnut) and get to staining! See the FAQ below for how I stained my bed.

Don’t bother staining the slats or the slat supports.

Don’t forget to stain the legs!

Cut your (20) slats to 75″. Space them out 1-1/2″ and attach with brad nails or a finish nail gun.

Here’s a side-view.

Here’s a 3/4 view from the back.

Please read both the FAQ and comments below for answers to any of the questions you have regarding this build. If you don’t see your question answered, comment and I’ll do my best to clear things up! I really want to help you make a kick ass platform bed. Also, please SHARE this post! We’re pretty much sisters now, we built a freakin bed together! Keep an eye out for more plans soon!

xoxo rick

Frequently Asked Questions:

What stain did you use? I LOVE IT!
This stain is super loveable, I agree. The stain is Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain (Dark Walnut).

How did you achieve that look with the stain?

For the stain I used the water/stain method used in the pallet headboard build. Here’s a breakdown of the process: I filled up an old Tupperware container about half way with water and physically brushed the water onto the wood. Since wood is porous, it will absorb the water first, then the stain second. By putting more water on (i.e. completely saturating the wood), the less stain will be able to be absorbed.

Then I immediately stained (with a separate brush). This is messy, so make sure you work on an old tarp or something.

To achieve different tones: Darkest: Stain with a brush, immediately wipe off excess stain with rag. Medium: Brush some water, then brush stain and wipe accordingly. Lightest: Saturate with water, brush on stain and wipe.

Did you use a clearcoat or wax…or something?
YEP! I applied (3) coats of Minwax Polycrylic Satin Polyurethane.

Umm…this is my first project. I don’t know how to apply polycrylic…
Here’s my process: After allowing ample time for the stain to dry, wipe off and/or shop-vac your wood to make sure there’s no dust. Grab a paintbrush or one of those cheap foam brushes and apply a generous first coat with the grain. Let that coat dry (1-2 hrs depending on temp/humidity) and then lightly sand with a fine grit sandpaper (200 or 220 should do the trick). If the clear-coat is still sticky, you need more drying time! Then apply your 2nd coat, let dry, sand. Repeat one more time for a really consistent clear-coat, except do not sand after the 3rd coat. You’re done! Here’s the stuff I’d recommend. Over the years I’ve come to prefer polycrylic OVER any of the other polyurethanes. It’s just so much easier to clean up and the smell dissipates MUCH faster, which is great when you’ve got little kids like I do.

Does the frame squeak?
Oh, you sly dog. Nope! 2×6’s are solid!

Can I make the legs longer than 4″?
Absolutely! Just use your discretion on what is safe and works for you.

Will a Roomba fit under this bed?
LOL! I believe so, but because I don’t own a Roomba I would suggest adding an inch or so to the legs to be safe. If you’ve got a Roomba and built the bed, let me know if it works with the 4″ legs!

What are your thoughts on instead of wooden slats, screwing down solid plywood or some other kind of solid board?
From my understanding a solid board as opposed to slats would be a bad idea due to the lack of airflow to the mattress. While you sleep your body heats up and could create moisture at the bottom of your mattress that would be unable to escape. Think about a box spring, they have that black mesh material that is breathable. Slats allow for the moisture to escape while providing ample support for the mattress.

Can I still use a box spring?
You can absolutely use a box spring! If you check out the queen size frame guide, the frame sides are much higher than the king platform frame. So your box spring could slip right in where the mattress would be. But yes, you can certainly use a box spring with this plan.

Is there a weight limit associated to this bed?
To be honest, I have no idea what the weight limit is on this bed frame. What I can say is that it’s the sturdiest bed I’ve ever been on. The 2×6 frame is incredibly strong. (they build houses out of this stuff, after all!) The 4×4 legs, 2×4 supports and being so low to the ground help, too.

How would you transport it? If we build in the basement or garage and need to move it upstairs to the master, which parts would be most convenient to pre-build and which parts would be most convenient to finalize in the room? THEN, if we end up moving into a new home down the road, where on the frame would you suggest we take it apart to get it out of the house for easy reassembly?
The unfortunate truth about this frame is that it’s really not great to move around in any capacity. Because of the Kreg pocket screw construction (which hides the hardware from the outside), it cannot be taken apart! You could swap out the pocket screws with bolts, the only caveat being that they would be clearly visible and perhaps…UGLY (subjective)!

This is our third home in five years and the frame has fit through some tricky hallways and stairwells with careful maneuvering. In both of my bed builds I install the slats up in the room, as they add a good deal of weight to the frame. You could also save the leg installation for in the room as well to keep the legs from hitting door molding or stair railings.


  1. mitchrichie February 14, 2015 at 7:36 am - Reply

    This is awesome, I just wish the instructions were in a format to print better.

    • Rick February 14, 2015 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Hey Mitch, The website is optimized for mobile devices so I figured a lot of people might just take their phones/tablets with them to save on paper. BUT! I can throw this in .PDF format no problem. Check back in a bit and I’ll have it uploaded!

      • Rhynhardt Rademeyer May 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

        Rick I do not see the pdf any way of getting it?


        • Rick May 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

          Hi Rhynhardt! At the top of the post directly under the title, click on “Download .PDF”. Follow the instructions on screen and you should be all set.

          • Scott Shu October 7, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

            seems like the PDF has disappeared? Or am I just not seeing it?

      • Terence November 19, 2015 at 6:01 am - Reply

        Rick, I need plans for the headboard. My king size base platform bed is completed. Now I want to make the headboard, can you give me the measurements please. Thx. Terence

    • Rick February 14, 2015 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Alright Mitch, I added in the option to download a printer friendly .PDF file at the top and bottom of the this post. You’re all set buddy!

  2. William February 15, 2015 at 8:33 am - Reply

    It’d be nice to list the screws in your materials list. Also, in the FAQ about leg height it looks like autocorrect struck again: desecration should be discretion. Unless you were going somewhere entirely different with it…. 😉

    • Rick February 15, 2015 at 11:17 am - Reply

      LOL! Good catch, spell check is my best friend/worst enemy. I’ll add the screws to the material list, no problem. Thanks William!

  3. Christina February 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Didn’t see anywhere (might not have looked close enought either). How much did it cost you to make?

    • Rick February 15, 2015 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Christina!
      The wood cost me $75. The stain, glue and screws were around $25 or less. SO I would budget about $80-100 for this project.

      • Alex July 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

        Hi Rick,

        Where did you get the wood from? This is my first time doing anything like this and I went to home depot and when they showed me the wood for the slats, it was called whitewood and they didn’t seem to have pine except the select and that’s a lot of money… The whitewood also seemed like it was weak and might not be able to hold my wife and I and two pets that love to cuddle with us. Also our toddler that loves to jump haha.

        Also, my bed is 76X80 so this should be a perfect fit, correct?

        • Rick July 16, 2015 at 8:20 pm - Reply

          Hey Alex-
          While at HD or Lowes, you want to look for 1×3 Furring Strip Boards. Often times they’ll be in a bundle. These are the cheapest 1×3’s you’re likely to find. They’re very rough though, so you’d have to spend a lot of time sanding them down (just as I did)…but you’ll save a lot of money!

          The next step up in quality would be “common” whitewood 1x3s. The whitewood sold in big box stores can be a handful of species of wood…generally spruce, pine or fir. This is what I use for a good number of my projects. It’s a bit more expensive than the firring strips, but you’ll need to put in less work. You noted that they look flimsy and you’re right! But that’s why we’re using (20) of them and they’re sitting on top of 2×4 supports. The weight will be distributed evenly between slats.

          In short, I would take another look for firring strips. You’ll save a ton of $$$! If you can’t find those, grab some common whitewood 1×3’s.

          Our bed is toddler-jumped tested and approved, so you should be good on that front!

          Hope this helps and keep me posted on the build!

          • Alex July 18, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

            Hi Rick, thanks for the quick reply!

            I found a reuse warehouse nearby that could give me everything in pine for half the price of Home Depot/Lowe’s so I might wait until then. They deconstruct houses to reuse everything, I hope the lumber is still in good shape! The only thing is that they close at 5 and on Sundays so I would have to wait one more week to get started! I’m pretty impatient so I’m not sure what to do now haha

            Lowes has some spruce-pine-furr strips and HD has regular fir strips with no mention of the type of wood. I can’t seem to find the douglas fir, the only 4×4 I can get is pressure treated pine from HD, would that still work or is that the chemically treated stuff you said to avoid?

            Lastly (for now), do you think I could use the Kreg Jr and still get everything done? I saw the that K4 has three holes so I don’t know if that would affect anything. Any other tips that you might not have mentioned??


            • Rick July 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm - Reply


              That’s awesome! I wish I had something like that out here where I live. It doesn’t really matter what kind of wood the 4×4 is, as long as it’s not the green pressure treated stuff. The 4×4’s available to me just happened to be douglas fir. I’m very surprised that neither HD or Lowes carry them! If worse comes to worse you can always join two 2×4’s together by gluing, clamping them and then cutting them down to size. The down side of this is that you’ll see the seam (and have to do extra work).

              The Kreg Jr will absolutely work, but it will be more time consuming. You’ll have to use a separate clamp with it, whereas the k4 system has the clamp on the unit. The three holes on the K4MS are designated for different material thicknesses. I would say if you plan on building other furniture to grab the K4MS as it will save you time. If you’re unsure about your DIY future or on a tight budget, go with the Kreg K3 Jr.

              And my *best* advice is to check out the Kreg quick start guide and make sure you understand the unit (be it the Kreg Jr or K4MS). Also don’t be afraid to screw up. All of my projects have beautiful mistakes built-in, you just can’t see them because I get to pick which pictures I show you!

              If you run into problems along the way I’m always happy to help the best to my (limited) abilities!

              • Alex July 19, 2015 at 10:33 am - Reply

                Hi Rick

                Here is a link to a screenshot of my HD cart: Do you think my wood choices are okay?


                Also, just to further explore other options… We definitely like the idea of the bed being able to be taken apart, would we be able to use regular screws or bolts or brackets to do this? If so, what screws/brackets/bolts would you recommend? My dad is super handy and could probably do this himself, but I want to take the lead here and impress him (and my wife) with my skills hahaha

                • Rick July 20, 2015 at 9:29 am - Reply

                  This looks pretty good Al, all except for the “4×4 pressure treated pine”. That’s the stuff you want to stay away from and strictly for outdoor use.

                  You can certainly use bolts and/or brackets. I stay away from them because I think they’re UGLY, but I understand the need to break down a bed frame and move it. If I were to use bolts I would probably try to countersink and cap it off to hide the bolt. I wish I could give you more specifics on bolt size, cap size, countersink depth, etc…but just don’t have any experience using this stuff.

                  I would put together your plan and present it to your dad with the above material list and throw in various terms/nonsense (bolts vs pocket screws, countersinking, dynamic slat system for optimum toddler jumpability or DSSOTJA, etc.) and ask what he thinks. I bet that would impress him! Hahah!

                  • Alex July 29, 2015 at 10:00 am - Reply


                    We finally finished the bed!

                    We ended up just using the Kreg mini, it probably took a lot longer than it would have but it worked great, what a neat tool!

                    Unfortunately, we built it in the basement and when we tried to get it upstairs, we didn’t have enough clearance because of the HVAC pipe stuff. I should have checked beforehand..

                    So we had to take it apart, take it upstairs, and rebuild it in the bedroom. By then, we already knew what we were doing so it didn’t take too long.

                    Too tired to stain, maybe I’ll do that in a few weeks but for right now I’m just going to try and attach a bedskirt to it. Thanks for the help and the plans! Look forward to your upcoming projects.

                    • Rick August 9, 2015 at 10:41 am

                      Alex! Great to hear! I’m really glad the mini worked out for you! So basically you got to built the bed twice! That means we have the same amount of bed building experience! HAHA! Get that bad boy stained and clear coated ya bum! You won’t regret it! Really happy things turned out well, enjoy the bed! Here’s the real question…what are you building next?!

  4. Karen Langehennig March 3, 2015 at 8:04 am - Reply

    We are in the process of making this bed right now. The instructions are flawless and we have been looking for a long time for the right type of platform bed. This bed is built well and the $$$ savings making our own bed is tremendous! Thanks!

    • Rick March 6, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Karen! AWESOME to hear! I guess by now you’re probably about finished with the build, so enjoy! I’ve been enjoying mine for 3+ years!!

  5. Tommy March 10, 2015 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I have been looking for DIY bed frame plans for a while, and this is the best set I’ve seen so far. I have a question about modifying the design. I want to build an upholstered frame around the outside of the bed, and want to modify the design to be able to be broken down and moved. Simply upholstering the frame in situ wouldn’t work, because it wouldn’t be able to be broken down at a later time and moved.

    What do you think about eliminating the inside 2×4 side rails, bringing in the dimensions of the frame on all sides by 1.5 inches and then having the slats actually sit ON TOP of the frame, instead of draped inside the box.

    Then, upholstering 3 separate outside side rails (left, right, and foot of bed) and attaching them to the sides of the frame using T-nuts and knockdown hardware. If the structural frame is composed of 2×6’s (or even 2×4’s since it will be hidden), then the outside upholstered side rails could be made out of boards that are 2 inches wider (2×8 or 2×6). They could then be mounted to the frame in such a way that they come up over the outside of the mattress by 2 inches to be more aesthetically pleasing.

    This way, the bed can be taken apart and moved if necessary, without any of the outside-facing aesthetic components needing to be damaged or disassembled in the process. You would simply unscrew the upholstered side rails, unscrew the slats, and then unscrew the frame. Wouldn’t be the easiest thing in the world, but would allow you to move it if need be.

    Does this sound viable? Any thoughts or ideas?

    • Rick March 10, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Hey Tommy- Upholstered king size bed frame eh? I dig it. I think you’re on the right track.

      Here’s what I think I would do, barring any issues after the build starts…

      Bring in the frame by 1-1/2″ on all sides and use your T-nuts and knockdown hardware. I would probably use 2×4’s for the frame. Not sure how necessary the 2×6’s are at this point. I would probably use 1×6 pine stock for the outside frame that you plan on upholstering. Use a nail gun and glue to attach these to the 2×4 frame. Once they’re set, upholster the 1×6 and then attach with your hardware. Slide your slats on top your your 2×4 frame and you still an 1″+ on the 1×6 that will keep the slats hidden so you can slide your mattress in. Check out the queen size bed build I completed earlier this year. Kind of like that, but with a frame you can breakdown and upholstered 1×6’s instead of painted.

      Sounds totally viable and I’d love to see your work! Keep me posted!

      • Tommy May 20, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

        Wanted to let you know that I did end up getting around to making a king size version of the upholstered bed! Your notes definitely came in handy.

        I ended up ditching the knock-down hardware and just screwing the upholstered side rails into the frame from the back of the panels. I can take this apart when and if we ever need to move it. We didn’t use any glue, but I did put some reinforcing braces on the 4 corners that I fashioned out of scrap wood. The bed is 100% rock solid and doesn’t flex or anything.

        I also used a miter saw to put a 15-degree taper on the outside legs to give it unique look.

        We ended up going with 12-inch wide side panels to make it all look more substantial. I sent over some pictures of the final product. Thanks again for this blog!


        • Rick May 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply

          Tommy! Your bed looks absolutely FANTASTIC man. Wow. I’m really impressed. Mind if I post a link to these pictures for curious readers?

          • Tommy May 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm - Reply

            By all means! Thanks again for your guidance on it. Wouldn’t have been able to do it without your help.


  6. Robert S March 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I’ve been following this guide for a while as I’m looking to buy a new bed. I have already figured out the dimensions for everything for a California King. Would furring strips work for the slats? They are way cheaper than the standard pine 1×3’s here? I’ll be using a nicer 1×3 for the trim but for the slats I’d like to save a buck.

    • Rick March 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Hey Robert- I actually used furring strips for my slats for the same reason! Just get ready to do A LOT of sanding. Totally worth it for the cost savings, though.

      If you don’t mind sharing your dimensions for the California King I’d love to put that info up for those looking to do a cali king build!

      • Robert S March 10, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

        No problem. I don’t have any CAD programs or anything but this should be good enough, I hope. It’s based off of a 72″ x 84″ California King. The measurements have accounted for nominal vs. actual size, and the trim has a 1″ overhang on 3 sides and flush with the back frame 1″ x 6″. I also moved the center 4×4 a little to account for the extra length.

        • Rick March 12, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

          Thanks Robert! This is perfect! Much appreciated!

  7. Rudy March 13, 2015 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Hello Rick these plans are great just a question wife and I are going to attempt this tomorrow. Our king is 76″ x 80 “. Would our front and back 2x6s be cut to 76″ and our side 2x6s be cut to 76″ also? I’m thinking that the front and back 2″ will give us the 4″ to give us the 80” for the length. We are not going to do the top trim. Thanks for your time.

    • Rudy March 13, 2015 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      Also, is it normal for 2×6 to be actually 1.5×6? Thanks again.

      • Rick March 14, 2015 at 9:43 am - Reply

        Hi Rudy! Yes a 2×6 is actually 1.5″x5.5″. In this build I use nominal dimensions, which in this case would be 2×6. It makes the direction easier rather than talking in halves, etc.

        I already did all of the math to account for the nominal vs actual size of the lumber when it comes to your cuts.

    • mary April 29, 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      Sorry, I may just be reading the answer. Did you need to cut your side and front 2″X6″ to 76″, if it was a 76″x80″ mattress?

  8. Rudy March 14, 2015 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    IT’S AWESOME! your plans are amazing! We just finished it thank you for your time in making your plans available for us to use. If you are ever down in Laredo Texas dinner and beers are on me.

    • Rick March 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Careful Rudy! I just may take you up on that!! HAHA! So glad it worked out, ENJOY! You earned it!

  9. Derek Redden March 21, 2015 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Rick do you have a DIY plan for that headboard?

    • Rick March 21, 2015 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      Hey Derek- If you go here you can see my “step by step” guide for the king size pallet headboard, but it admittedly has some holes in it. Don’t get me wrong- it’s a great place to start…but I don’t have any cut lists or Sketchup files to tell you exactly what you need. That being said, I’m happy to answer any questions you may have if you try to give it a go anyway.

  10. Chad April 25, 2015 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Rick – have you done the cut lengths for a queen mattress. I looked at the queen frame you built but like this design much better.

    • Rick April 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Hi Chad- I have not. It was always my plan to have queen plans for this bed, but I just haven’t had the time…sorry man!

  11. Darsh April 28, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Rick, I’m in the same situation as Chad above. I like this design better than the one you did for Queen. Would you be able to update this plan with cut lengths for queen mattress, any time in near future?

    • Jim May 18, 2015 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      I would love to build this this summer for our Queen mattress.

  12. Jeanna Beeman April 28, 2015 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Our king sized bed also has box springs. would this platform frame be suitable for box springs as well as mattress? Thanks in advance

    • Jeanna Beeman April 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      cancel my question, I just reread your post!

  13. Felicia May 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Are legs necessary? I’d like my bed to sit flat on floor. Would the legs just be shorter or could the be omitted easily? Thank you?

    • Rick May 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      Felicia, You can cut your legs level with the frame so that the frame sits flat on the floor and you still maintain the support needed to carry the weight of your mattress.

  14. Tania June 11, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    This is awesome. I totally want to build this. I want to eliminate the trim or lip on the bed, though, mainly because I know that I’ll bump into the corners and get mad at my clumsy self. So a straight box would be great. What modifications would be necessary for that?

    Thanks for taking the time to post all this amazing info!

    • Rick June 20, 2015 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Thanks! No mods necessary! You can just omit the trim! OR you can get 1×2 trim instead of 1×3 so it will sit flush on top of the frame without any overhang.

  15. Chris A June 12, 2015 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Rick, can you tell me the dimensions of your King? 79″x75″, or the interior slat area of this plan. Just seeing what I need to change for a standard King.


    • Rick July 16, 2015 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      Hey Chris that’s correct! The ID of the frame where the bed sits is 79″x75″. Sorry for the delay, I have no idea how I missed this one…

  16. dale scullion July 11, 2015 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Hey Rick, keep it simple they say. well, this sure is simple and looks very nice. For 100$ and about 2 hours of work you get this beautiful platform bed. Thanks for your bed plan.

    • Rick July 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dale! Glad everything worked out for you. Enjoy your new bed!

  17. Jim Brown July 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I recently built it in a Queen Size. Bought the boards at Menards. Entire Bed was $80 and headboard was $22.

    • Rick July 20, 2015 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      I miss Menards. This is where I got all of my pine lumber when we lived outside of Chicago. Good selection and prices!

    • bengeldreich September 10, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Hey Jim, do you recall what your mattress measurements were for this build? I’m gonna start tomorrow and have all my measurements but wanted to verify with someone who has actually built it in a Queen size.

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  19. roxetheridgeRox August 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Hey Rick- thanks for putting this together. I am working on building our bed and am wondering if you have the Cali king cut details available?

    • Rick August 12, 2015 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      No problem Roxe! I haven’t put together a cali cut list together myself, but a previous commenter, Robert S., did. He wrote:

      It’s based off of a 72″ x 84″ California King. The measurements have accounted for nominal vs. actual size, and the trim has a 1″ overhang on 3 sides and flush with the back frame 1″ x 6″. I also moved the center 4×4 a little to account for the extra length.

      I would double check that it fits your needs and then go from there. Hope that helps!

      • Rox August 16, 2015 at 7:07 pm - Reply

        Awesome! Thanks for the post. Cheers!

  20. Brianna Nightingale August 17, 2015 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Built two of these and now my brother in law is asking me to build his too! We have one in our room and one in our tiny house!

  21. Valentine August 24, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Love the bed, when will you post the cal king directions?

    • Rick August 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Hey Valentine! I’m not sure…a previous commenter DID though, check it out…

      It’s based off of a 72″ x 84″ California King. The measurements have accounted for nominal vs. actual size, and the trim has a 1″ overhang on 3 sides and flush with the back frame 1″ x 6″. I also moved the center 4×4 a little to account for the extra length.

      I would double check that it fits your needs and then go from there. Hope that helps!

  22. Josh September 4, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Can you please convert the measurements to a queen size? This bed is the one my wife wants me to build.

    • Rick September 4, 2015 at 3:07 pm - Reply


      BRO! I’ve already got a wife and a whole websites worth of future content from her honey do list…and now I’ve inherited your list?! Get out of here!

      In all seriousness though, I’m working on it.

      • Josh September 12, 2015 at 10:33 am - Reply

        HAHA… No I got it bro… I will just use the king plan and measure it down to the Queen bed. I like this king plan because it seems more robust than the queen plan. Its all good… There are so many ideas. Your plans have given me a good place to start. I want to use 2x 12 to give it a little more height. I am pretty tall and waking up on the floor is interesting. Thanks for your reply!!!

        • Rick September 17, 2015 at 10:42 am - Reply

          THANKS FOR STEPPING UP! I can’t handle two lists! hahah. Glad to be of help, let me know how things go!

  23. Jon September 9, 2015 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Did you mount your slats on the top of your side rails? Our mattress size is 80×76 and I am wondering if I need to enlarge the sides length to fit the mattress. Thank you for any help you can give

    • Matthew Dickinson November 18, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Same question here on the mattress size. Going to buy lumber this weekend and hope to have it done by Thanksgiving.

      • Rick November 19, 2015 at 7:26 pm - Reply

        Hey Matthew – My king bed is 79×75. When you mock up the bed I would just double check all the measurements to make sure this works for your bed. Best of luck!

        • Matthew Dickinson December 8, 2015 at 6:54 am - Reply

          Really enjoyed putting the frame together, thanks for the how to. The Kreg tool is a nice addition to my collection now. Did make the frame deeper because we didn’t want the mattress “floating” on top of the frame. Next project is a headboard.

  24. Josh September 29, 2015 at 8:56 am - Reply

    any chance of having this design modified to include side storage drawers? that would be crucial

  25. jerrygreenwood October 4, 2015 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Just finished mine and I could not be happier. I used 4X4 tapered cut legs on mine.

    • Rick October 12, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Glad to hear! Enjoy your new bed!

  26. Dave October 12, 2015 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Did you build the headboard and nightstands also?

    • Rick October 12, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Yes on the headboard. The nightstands are from Ikea and were modified. You can check out each of those posts through the sidebar/top menu!

  27. Dionne Wilson December 11, 2015 at 3:09 am - Reply

    I building this bed for my daughter and she has adhd so she bounce on her bed real bad . I need real thick wood what would you suggest?

  28. Rob December 27, 2015 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Thank u so much for all the time you have put into posting these plans and a sweeping questions. I do have one question though I am a bit confused you said your bed is 80 x 76 but then in a different comment (July 16) you say the interior is 79×75? Does your 80×76 mattress not actually fit perfectly ?

    • Rob December 27, 2015 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      A Sweeping questions = answering questions. Gotta love auto correct

      • Rick December 30, 2015 at 8:39 am - Reply

        No problem Rob! Sorry about the confusion. The interior dimension of the frame (where the mattress will sit) is 79″ x 75″. You can probably squeeze an 80×76 mattress in there, but it will be a snug fit. Sorry about the mixup!

        So to be clear for all future bed frame builders…this frame fits a 79″ x 75″ king mattress.

        • Steven September 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

          What should we change on the cut list if our mattress is 76″w x 80″L?

  29. Tyler February 2, 2016 at 8:17 am - Reply


    Excellent build plans! My wife and I are planning to build this bed (or a very similar version) when we upgrade to a new mattress. Speaking of that, we want to go with a California King (72″x84″) mattress. At some point on here, I saw that you intended to post cali king plans w/cut list, etc. I may have missed it, but did you happen to complete the Cali King version?


    • Rick February 2, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Tyler! I do not have a cali king version yet. It was always my plan to make cut & purchase lists for all of the standard mattress sizes, but I just haven’t found the time. Once things settle down from this latest move (we just moved AGAIN!) I’m going to try and get those cut sizes, but unfortunately I don’t have a timeline right now. I can’t even find my lucky woodworking socks…! 🙁

      • Tyler February 3, 2016 at 6:16 am - Reply

        You woodwork in socks??? Amateur. Bunny slippers are the only way to go. Gotta wax them to keep the sawdust off, but hey, that’s the price of fashion… haha thanks for the response.I’ll put my big boy pants on a draw up the measurements. Good luck finding those socks.

      • Tyler February 3, 2016 at 6:47 am - Reply

        Ok, so check me on this:

        California King Platform Bed: (Mattress at 84”Lx72”W)

        Here’s the material purchase list:
        4- 2x6x8′ Pine Studs (main frame)
        3- 2x4x8′ Pine Stud (left, center & right supports)
        20-1x3x8′ Pine Boards (slats)
        3- 1x3x8′ Pine Boards (top trim)
        1-1x2x8′ Pine Board (back trim optional since it’s not visible)
        1- 4x4x8′ Douglas Fir (legs)
        2-1/2″ Kreg Screws

        *Be sure not to get the outdoor treated wood. The chemically treated stuff has a green hue to it.
        Here’s the material cut list:

        Main frame – Cut your front and back 2×6’s to 75″ and your sides to 84″
        Supports: Left, right and center – Cut the center and side 2×4’s to 84″
        Slats – The slats are cut to 72″. There are 20 slats total. (Actually use 20 slats for the extra length)
        Top trim – Cut the front 1×3 and back 1×2 to 72″. Cut the side 1×3’s to 88″
        Legs – Cut (6) 4×4 legs to 4″

        Assume a mattress at 84″L x 72″W. The BOM stays the same because no dimensions exceed the standard board lengths. I plan to leave the 20th slat in play to compensate for the extra few inches of length. Does this look about right to you?


  30. TC March 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    So, what are the chances of putting the head and foot pieces on last in order to make the bed easy to unassemble? That way people who move alot have a convenient way to just remove 2 pieces and the bed comes apart like 2 twin beds??

  31. Tommy April 3, 2016 at 6:33 am - Reply

    I could be missing it but how many screws and of what kind did you use where? Awesome plans! I’ll be starting this next week when the weather is good.

  32. Jinx April 11, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I noticed that the one comment asks if this is for a mattress only. If I was to adjust the height of the guts do you think a box spring would work with it? Just bought a brand new mattress and box spring set and love the look of this frame.

    • Rick April 11, 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Hey Jinx,

      This would certainly fit a box spring, but the bed would end up being much higher. You could drop down the 2×4 supports lower on the frame to counteract the height of the box spring if you’d like. Totally up to you!

      • Jinx April 11, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

        I noticed after posting this that you have 2 frames that look the same. I was referring to the queen frame would that still work?

  33. Bregenia April 12, 2016 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    I made this bed myself and my husband and family loved it, now my family have put in requests for me to make then one in full and twin size. Do you have the measurements for those sizes?

    • Rick April 19, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Bregenia, The twin plans will be posted shortly and soon after that I should have a queen size up!

  34. Brie B May 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Hey Rick i plan on building this bed tomorrow, i was wondering if i would be able to shorten the headboard so i can attach it to the frame!?

    • Rick May 4, 2016 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Hi Brie, You can certainly shorten the headboard if you like, but my recommendation is not to attach the headboard to the frame, but rather attach it to the wall using a french cleat. Click HERE to see what I’m talking about. It’s fairly simple to do and in my opinion much safer than trying to support the headboard using only the frame. Best of luck and let me know how things work out!

      • Brieb May 4, 2016 at 7:47 am - Reply

        Okay thanks! I will let you know how it turns out!

  35. Thomas Lakkas May 4, 2016 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Is your mattress 75×79 or did you take away one inch from the length and width to make it a tighter fit? Almost every king mattress I see is listed at 76×80. I ask this because I want to change your plans for a queen mattress. A queen is listed as 60×80. Should I change it to 59×80?

    • Brieb May 25, 2016 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much! I love my new bed I wish I knew how to upload pictures. I still need to paint the headboard. With a 1 year old I feel like that’s never going to happen haha

    • jfloresdejesus March 27, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      Did Rick answer your question? I would like to modify the plans for a 72×84 Cali King Bed. In theory, following Rick’s plans I would have to modify to 74×83. But, that means the sides would to be 1″ less that the CaliKing mattress.

      • Rick March 27, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

        Hey J check out this from a previous commenter:

        It’s based off of a 72″ x 84″ California King. The measurements have accounted for nominal vs. actual size, and the trim has a 1″ overhang on 3 sides and flush with the back frame 1″ x 6″. I also moved the center 4×4 a little to account for the extra length.

  36. Michael M May 6, 2016 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Fantastic build! Your instructions were so easy to follow and We built it in a day. Still have to stain and poly, but it fits our king size Casper mattress perfectly! Thank you!

    • Rick May 23, 2016 at 7:00 am - Reply

      Great to hear Michael! Good luck with the staining/poly! Feel free to message me a picture of the finished product on my facebook page, I like seeing what everyone builds!

  37. Jacob Richardson May 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Rick, Have you had any followers make this bed with pallets instead of doing the slats? I love the look of your base so we were hoping to start there and then add a bit of height (and save some cash) by utilizing some pallets from a local feed store. Thoughts?

    • Rick May 23, 2016 at 6:58 am - Reply

      Hi Jacob! I have not, but sounds like a great way to potentially save some $$$! If I were you I would probably disassemble a few pallets (assuming they’re heat treated and clean/cleaned up), add 2 more slat supports to accommodate the shorter pallet boards and lay them out as slats, then go ahead with your plan to jack up the bed frame height with more pallets. I would just be VERY mindful about how you secure the frame to the pallets as 2×6’s are really heavy, so you don’t want the frame coming loose or anything. Hope that helps, keep me posted on how it goes!

  38. Merideth May 22, 2016 at 10:34 am - Reply

    So excited to try this project, but was wondering if you had gotten around to posting the plans for the California King.

    • Rick May 23, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

      Hi Merideth thanks for stopping by! I have not written up the cali king plans, sorry! If you check in the comments a few readers built one and provided their cut list & measurements. I’ll try to find it and link you to it here!

  39. Anthony May 24, 2016 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Hey Rick I was wondering if you could give me the dimensions for a full size platform like this

    • Rick May 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Hey Anthony I don’t have full size dimensions at this point in time. Sorry!

  40. Gerry Bird May 24, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Rick, I’m just wondering if it would be good to make the ID of the frame slightly bigger to make it easier to put fitted sheets on the matress? We haven’t bought our matress yet and I’m not sure how tight it will fit in the frame.

    • Rick May 25, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Gerry! I have fitted sheets on my mattress and there isn’t a problem when on the frame. If you plan on tucking a thick comforter in and under the mattress you could probably add 1/4 to a 1/2″ at most on each side if you’re more comfortable. But I don’t think it’s totally necessary based on my experience with the bed frame and from feedback from readers who have built it over the years. Hope that helps!

  41. Brennan Reid May 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Is there instructions for the headboard?

  42. Mike Dean May 31, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Any reason for the spacing of the legs on the center support? I thought that they would be equally spaced at 25″

  43. Demski July 14, 2016 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Does the wood supply list include the headboard?

    • Rick July 15, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Hey Demski! It does not. There is a separate post on the headboard build.

  44. Phil July 27, 2016 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Hey Rick! I love the design. I’ve read many of the comments here. I saw that you mentioned that it’s not that easy to disassemble. Unfortunately, I love moving and have moved almost every year. Hard to stay in one place. So I’m thinking if I go ahead and make this bed when I move into my new place in September, I’ll likely want to use bolts. Do you have any guidance on which bolts might be best to use? Or how to go about using bolts? (It’ll be my first project if you can’t tell) Additionally, I did see that someone had mentioned whiteboard, and that being okay to use. I’ll likely do that route since I can get them at a place like Home Depot AND have them cut the wood for me. But I just wanted to make sure that would still be an okay option to use that wood using bolts for the project.

    • Rick July 27, 2016 at 8:20 am - Reply

      Hey Phil thanks for stopping by! I certainly understand your position, we’ve moved quite a bit over the past seven years. Luckily we’ve had professional movers to do all the heavy lifting, otherwise I would have had to build in such a way that it could be disassembled.

      After a little google-fu, I found this. I would use their method of attaching the legs/ center support cross brace by bolting through the legs. Whiteboard should probably be just fine, but keep in mind the 2×6’s will be much sturdier (assuming it’s standard 3/4″ thick whiteboard). The type of bolts should be outlined in that link I added in, so check that out. Let me know how things workout and if you run into any problems along the way!

  45. John July 31, 2016 at 12:50 am - Reply

    I’m in the process of building this, can I use oak 1×3’s instead of pine for slats? Also I don’t want to glue as I have to take it down in a year

    • Rick July 31, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

      Hey John, Absolutely! Though oak is considerably more expensive than pine. Should be fine without the glue, too!

  46. Ben September 2, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Hey Rick!!

    Great project and amazing detailed instructions. I’m gonna tackle this when I get home in a few days!

    I have a few questions that I’m hoping you can help me with. I have a queen mattress and would like to use it with this frame. Can you post your mattress measurements so I can see the relationship between the mattress and the bed frame? Those measurements will help me scale the king frame down to a queen!

    Second question pertains to the Kreg holes drilled on the corners of the frame. Is it secure enough to drill kreg holes in the inside? For example the screw heads towards the corner vs into the meatier part of the wood? Obviously the way you chose to do it keeps the hole hidden on the inside of the frame vs the outside which I like because then if need be I can take it apart… I’m simply curious about the strength.

    Thanks Again

  47. Scott Shumaker October 7, 2016 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Can’t find decent 2x6x8’s locally… Can I use 5/4x6x8 instead?

  48. Aedan October 9, 2016 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Hi! I just wanted to say thanks for the great post! I made this bed today and I appreciate the simplicity of the tutorial and the easy to follow breakdown. I love rustic look as well. I’ve found that an angle grinder with a sandpaper disc works great for roughing up the wood-you get all kinds of cool divets and marks so it makes it look aged while smoothing it. And it’s super fun! I’m going off your headboard idea as well with some modifications. Glad I came across your site.

  49. sarvs March 29, 2017 at 10:56 am - Reply

    First off let start by saying this is a great post. I am trying to build a platform bed based on your advice. But the mattress I am planning to get is 80″L x 76″W x 10″H. I wanted to understand how I can incorporate that, and what dimension should everything be? As you must have realized by now, I am newbee to all this.
    Thank you

  50. Devin April 19, 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    What about moving the frame?
    We just bought a brand new home, and our master is on the 2nd story. I want to make this frame and feel like it would be best to assemble it all in the garage…but do you think I’ll be able to get it through a doorway and stairwell?

    • Lindsey May 16, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

      Interested in the answer to this as well! Any word on full size plans?

  51. Jeff January 9, 2018 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    I love this idea. However, I like it for a… how-shall-I-say… Multitask purpose! I can imagine this platform being elongated to 7 feet/84 inches each way, then placing wider slats in the center so there is no gap, and making it a yoga platform as well as a bed-frame! Is there any chance that a wider pine slat surface on this design would not hold the weight of 2 people (I’m guessing no more than 550 lbs)?
    Best part would be, if guests arrive, get a japanese futon mattress or two, and then… BOOM: The yoga den becomes a makeshift minimalist bedroom. That is, if it’s not going to break under the pressure of people yoga-ing it up over and over again. Thoughts?

  52. Ben February 13, 2018 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Awesome bed frame plans Ricko! First real project and I feel like Bob the builder. I’ll be coming back to this website for more.

  53. Andy February 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Dude — Rick — thank you for this rad plan. So simple, so effective. Wifey loves the platform bed. Stained it with Jacobean and hit it with only 15 slats (per Tuft & Needle’s recommendation). Keep killing it.

  54. Morel April 29, 2018 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Hi Rick,
    Sorry for the basic question…(first wood working project). So I’m ordering a king size bed that is 76” x 80”. Does that mean I need to adjust my measurements or should the bed squeeze in? Or, Do you recommend cutting slightly bigger to allow sheets and bedding? Thanks in advance.

  55. Bernard Kravitz September 26, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Is it possible to use 3/4″ plywood to make the slats?

    The 1 x 3 boards for the slats are the largest cost for the bed. I’m considering ripping down 1 and a half sheets of 3/4″ plywood which would be much, much cheaper. Anything I should worry about, structurally speaking? (If I split the slats in two, I think there’s enough room to cut all of them from 1 sheet).

    Otherwise, I’m totally gonna make this, thanks!


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